Pope wants better translation of Lord’s Prayer phrase

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Pope Francis [Photo: salon.com]

Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father”, the best known prayer in Christianity.

“That is not a good translation,” the pope said in a television interview on Wednesday night.

Francis said the Catholic Church in France had decided to use the phrase “do not let us fall into temptation” as an alternative and indicated that it or something similar should be applied worldwide.

The prayer, also called “The Lord’s Prayer”, is part of Christian liturgical culture and memorized from childhood by billions of Christians.

It is a translation from the Latin vulgate, which was translated from ancient Greek, which was in turn translated from Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.

Liturgical translations are usually done by local Churches in coordination with the Vatican.



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  • Arabakpura

    “Do not let us fall into temptation” is better than “do not lead us into temptation”; I think the pope is right because the good Lord will not lead you into temptation!

  • emmanuel anizoba

    Our dear Bible has become the butt of ridicule because of its numerous incongruities and needs a thorough update. The compilers, copyists and translators of the holy texts did a shoddy job as regards coherence and consistency of texts from disparate origins. Our Pope as a Jesuit to the core knows that it is never late to reform and ridicule does not kill.

  • marcos avelino

    Poor christians what other prayers do you have from Jesus apart from this one. What prayer do you say when a calamity befalls you ? In Punch of today there was a news …ICYMI: Pastor, wife, two children die in Lagos fire
    an inaticulate christian commentator hs noting to say except — In all things be thankful. We thank God for the deaths
    You thank God for their deaths , what an inadequate and poor religion !! Yea because their is nothing for them to say in calamity.

  • Theophilos Christopher

    I prefer “leave us not in temptation,” an easier change to absorb.